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Tuition fees

A PhD is a significant financial investment, but it is one that we believe brings an invaluable personal experience and a wealth of professional opportunities on your graduation.

Tuition fees for Home students are set by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the 2017-18 rates are likely to be confirmed in November/December 2016. The published rates for 2016-17 are:

  • £4,121 for full-time research degrees
  • £2,061 for part-time research degrees

For overseas fees see our page on International students’ tuition fees and for further information visit this page.

Funding

There are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at QMUL. Finding funding is an important element of the application process – and we recommend that you begin to explore your funding options as early as possible.

It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations will have different deadlines: the majority of these will fall in the November – February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September.

As a result of the quality of our graduate training and supervision, the School of Geography has been awarded NERC recognition, is part of the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) and is an associate member of the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership.

The School primarily accepts students on to our PhD programmes who have identified sources of funding. We will consider applications from self-funded students in exceptional circumstances.  

ESRC Studentships (1+3 or +3)

The School is a member of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP), which is an interdisciplinary doctoral training partnership involving QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College London. As a member of LISS-DTP we are able to offer 1+3 (one year MRes followed by three year PhD) and +3 (three year PhD) studentships. The studentships will be offered in the three thematic pathways with which the School is associated, and which align with the research expertise of our academic staff: Health, Biopolitics and Social Inequality, International Development, Conflict & Human Security, and Urbanisation, Social Change & Transformation. Successful applicants will be hosted within the School of Geography and will have access to training opportunities across the LISS-DTP. Eligibility is based on UK residency, although non-UK resident EU students may apply for a fees only award. 

Applications for an ESRC studentship must be made to the LISS-DTP by 31st January 2017. Please follow the instructions on how to apply.

QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships

The School invites applications for QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships for self-defined projects relating to any of the School’s human or physical geography research themes. Applications are also invited for projects that might involve collaboration with other Schools within QMUL. These studentships are open to UK, EU and international students and cover fees and maintenance at the Research Council rate for London (currently £16,296).

The deadline for submitting application is 5pm, 31st January 2017. See this page for details of the application process.

NERC Studentships

The School invites applications for Natural Environment Research Council PhD studentships through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, for projects relating to the School’s Earth Surface Science research theme. A collaboration between QMUL and other world leading research centres in London, the DTP is offering 35 four-year studentships commencing in September 2017 across a suite of research areas. See details on NERC eligibility. For more information, including examples of projects available, see www.london-nerc-dtp.org. Please do not hesitate to contact the named QMUL supervisor to discuss the details of the proposed projects. 

Applications must be made through the DTP website by 11am on Monday 9th January 2017.

LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Studentships

The School invites applications for Collaborative (CASE) Studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP), for a project entitled ‘Home, Migration and Belonging on a Suburban Estate’. This intergenerational research project will examine the layered histories and experiences of home, migration and belonging through an in-depth study of the Harold Hill estate in Havering. In collaboration between QMUL and Eastside Community Heritage – and also affiliated to The Geffrye Museum of the Home via the Centre for Studies of Home – the research will explore (i) the histories of migration from inner-city London to Harold Hill from the late 1950s; (ii) new migration patterns to Harold Hill over the last 20 years; and (iii) the impact of these overlapping migratory patterns on home and belonging on the housing estate and within the wider suburban landscape. Successful applicants will be hosted within the School of Geography at QMUL and will have access to training opportunities across the LISS-DTP.

Applications must be made through the LISS DTP website by 5pm on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact the academic lead, Professor Alison Blunt, to discuss the details of the proposed project.

Further funding opportunities do come up throughout the year so please keep checking the Funding a PhD pages regularly for updates.

The School of Geography is also part of the Queen Mary China Scholarship Council Co-funded Scholarship programme. Details and further information are available here.

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